I’m loving the bit of whimsy in each of these rooms. The unexpected details that tell you they don’t take themselves too seriously…
via Kishani Perera
via House to Home
via House and Home
I’m craving a bit of whimsy in my home…what will it be?
Come close. I’m about to share with you the most inspiring time-sucker I am currently obsessing over. Have you been to the wonderful gawker family of sites yet? If not, click fast my friends and find your new obsession. It’s a never ending stream of the most beautiful food/ crafts/ spaces and weddings all presented for you to sort, hunt and gaze your way through.
Gawk away my friends…
via Living Etc.
Tomorrow is the first official day of December. And I am guessing that means that many of you have already begun to decorate your homes for the holidays. Who am I kidding, many of you have probably already finished, right? via House to Home
Me? Nope. Didn’t quite get to that yet. Nevermind that I’m not even sure where my one measly box of decorations ended up in the move. I’m sure it will turn up sooner or later…right around December 26th.
via Sweet Paul
Here’s to hoping these little interiors will inspire me in BIG way to get my act in gear! This year, I’m loving a simple color palette. Like this blue + green beauty below – or the soft neutrals above. I think keeping it to one color really elevates the look, don’t you?
And I’m also loving this simple table setting – perfect for a quick Christmas cocktail party or maybe a brunch which I’m just itching to host!
via Home Life
Can you believe the holidays are almost here? Seriously, where did the year go? Just in time for a few guests – we finally decided to actually hang some art. In our dining room, we have this great little area to display a random collection.
It’s the perfect set up for me – who tends to be a commitment phobe about actually hanging things on the wall. When the mood strikes, I can quickly change out photos or shadow boxes to fit the occasion. And we can add pieces in as we find them.
We also hung a series of palladium prints in our hallway and I love the way it looks. The prints were a gift from my super talented photographer friend Thom Jackson, and were shot on location of shoots we were on together in the past few years.
That simple task of getting some things on the wall makes this house feel so much more like we. just. might. stay. At least for a couple of years:)
I had picked up this branch on my fall trip to Broken Bow and couldn’t decide what I was going to use it for. Until I ran across some gold yarn I had picked up for a crewel project that’s still unfinished. So I thought – quick, easy DIY. So easy in fact, I’m a bit embarrassed to post directions…but anywho. Any branch or yarn would work – one without the pinecones would be a bit easier, and just as pretty. I picked the crewel yarn for it’s color, and also for it’s texture – it’s a bit more lofty than other yarns, so has a nice cozy feel – perfect for fall. I’ve seen other variations online that mix several colors of yarn, but for me – I prefer the modern look of one bold color.
To start, I secured one end of the yarn to the branch with some heavy duty tape…which gets wrapped over and over, so it’s never seen. I would have preferred hot glue, but my gun bit the dust on my last craft project and I’ve yet to replace it.
I tried a variety of wrapping techniques…starting out using a single thread and wrapping many times around. But as I got going, I experimented with using two sets of two threads to cover more area a bit more quickly. To end each section, I would simply knot the ends and cut them off as close as possible.
Some sections I double wrapped, which went a bit slower than the above, but was easier to maneuver. To start, I would use a slip knot so the yarn stayed in place…this was a helpful way to also hide the knots.
And done! I left the tips exposed because I liked the juxtaposition of the bark and yarn, but feel free to end yours wherever you feel! A quick, inexpensive, cute holiday home project.
Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend planned!
There’s nothing I love more about the holiday season than to gather with friends and family around a well-set table to enjoy a home cooked meal.
I plan my setting and pieces out way in advance to make sure I have everything just right. To me, the planning of the decor, menu and night is just as fun as the actual meal itself. I know…design dork, right?
Anyway – I haven’t done enough of this entertaining this year – but now that the holidays are upon us, I’m getting my plans together for a couple of get-togethers. I can’t wait to mix and match my favorite serving pieces, and mix in some new loves as well.
Table linens are a great way to dress up your table in a flash…small touches that really pull the whole look together. I’m not personally a fan of over-the-top holiday decor and tend to favor neutral colors in rich textures, that I can use again and again – no matter the occasion. And this year there is no shortage of amazing pieces to update my look!
For a bit of fun, I love this placemat to color from Modern Twist…the perfect distraction for the kids or kid-like during dinner.
I also love the idea of personalizing some of these neutral pieces with a stencil…this cork would be perfect with a stenciled metallic letter, shape or number. See inspiration and instructions here if you’re feeling crafty!
And although I usually stick to neutrals, this bold stripe is pretty fab. I can see it with dark grey dishes and metallic accents…which for me means more shopping:)
Chilewich has loads of amazing placemats and runners that I think would be fun to mix-and-match to create your own signature table style. The weave and croco are two of my favorites!
A subtle silver stripe would play off metallic table accents perfectly…
I’m totally loving the feathers this season…though, not quite sure how I feel about it being so close to my food. Maybe I’ll stick to underneath the centerpiece for my touch of feather!
And last but not least, a couple of wood styles that would add the perfect rustic touch to any modern table.
Do you have a signature table setting style or one your itching to test out this year?
via Twig and Thistle
My best friend sent me a text over the weekend exlaiming – “you have to have a holiday party, i’ll help!”
via Kristina Marie
And it was all the motivation I needed to start thinking of festive decor that would look perfect in my home.
via Once Wed
I’ve been waiting and waiting for the perfect excuse to make and string my own garland all over the place…so even though the dates not set, I definitely feel a party coming on.
via Martha Stewart
Stay tuned as I put the rest of the planning details together here on this space over the next couple of months!
I’m a dish junkie. If space (and my husband) would allow – I’d have sets upon set of dishes. Some matched, others mix and match, so that I could have endless table setting options. I’m also the kind that thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to change your table with the seasons…so today am sharing some of my fall favorites! For fall, I love to mix in some autumnal colors with the standard everyday white most of us own. And this fall, gold, agate and wood accents are really catching my fancy…
images: Purple Platter; Spice Latte Bowls; Amber Glasses; Gold Flatware; Agate Coasters; Gold Leaf Buffet Plate; Metallic Table Runner; Gold Flute; Individual Pie Dish; Rectangle Wood Bowl; Elephant Napkins; Slate + Teak Tray; Pumpkin Terrine; Stripe Tablecloth.
Monday, already? Where did the weekend go? I’ve lost track of time and completely missed it…Today I’m in Hong Kong, the last stop on my adventure through Asia (a work trip no less:) and am a wee-bit homesick.
Homesick for my wonderful home in the making – which I promise to share as soon as I get some things hung on the wall and the place a bit more gussied up and debut ready. Instead, I’m sharing a glimpse into my inspiration file that I’ve been collecting to guide me in my own home decor. I use (and adore) pinterest to keep my online tears organized.
I’m striving to create a look that’s modern yet rustic at the same time. Something gorgeous, but also lived in. These rooms strike the perfect balance of personalized style + comfy abode. By combining natural elements like antlers, hides and plants with simple streamlined furniture and sticking to a mostly neutral color palette, these rooms please both the eye and the soul.
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